NNPS adjusts school operating hours

Recovering instructional time

Posted: September 24, 2018

Hurricane Florence and its aftereffects are continuing to impact many communities along the Carolina coast. Fortunately, the Hampton Roads region was not heavily affected by the devastating storm.

To ensure that our families and staff had time to prepare for the impending storm and the Governor's mandatory evacuation for residents in Zone A, schools were closed for four days.

To recover the instructional time that was missed during this period, Newport News Public Schools is adjusting school operating hours:

  • Beginning Monday, October 1, ten (10) additional minutes will be added to the end of each school day through the remainder of the school year.

  • Wednesday, December 19, will be a full school day for all students and staff. December 19 was previously a half-day for students.

The revised school schedule maintains our focus on instructional time, provides "banked" hours in the event of future inclement weather closings and retains winter break and spring break for families and staff.

Instructional Recovery Plan: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does missed instructional time have to be made up since Governor Northam declared a state of emergency and issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A?

  • A: Yes, NNPS students must recover the missed instructional time. Section 22.1-98 of the Code of Virginia states that the Virginia Board of Education may waive the requirement that school divisions provide additional instructional days or hours to compensate for school closings resulting from a declared state of emergency. In order to receive a waiver, the school division must include evidence of efforts that have been made to reschedule as many days or hours as possible and certify that every "reasonable effort" was made to recover the missed instructional days or hours before requesting the waiver.

Q: What will happen if there is another weather related closing?

  • A: The 10-minute extended school day accounts for the four days of missed instruction and provides "banked" hours in case NNPS has additional inclement weather closings. The revised school schedule maintains winter break and spring break for students and staff.

Q: What is the new dismissal time for my school?

  • A: Beginning Monday, October 1, ten (10) minutes will be added to the end of the school day.
    • Middle schools and high schools that currently dismiss at 2:05 p.m. will dismiss at 2:15 p.m.
    • Elementary schools and middle schools that dismiss at 2:55 p.m. will dismiss at 3:05 p.m.
    • Elementary schools that dismiss at 3:40 p.m. will dismiss at 3:50 p.m.
    • Early Childhood Centers and P.E.E.P. dismissal schedules will also be extended by ten minutes.